1. USS Nimitz completes flight deck certification

    Following a 20-month planned maintenance period, the aircraft carrier earned its flight deck certification while underway in the Pacific, Oct. 20.

    An EA-18G Growler assigned to Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 142 lands aboard USS Nimitz (CVN 68), Oct. 15. (U.S. Navy/PO2 Eli K. Buguey)
  2. USS Essex receives upgrades for Joint Strike Fighter

    The amphibious assault ship is currently undergoing upgrades that will allow it to field the F-35B Joint Strike Fighter.

    U.S. Marines with Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 121, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, conduct the first ever hot load of ordnance on the F-35B Lightning II, Sept. 22 in Yuma, Arizona. (USMC/Staff Sgt. Artur Shvartsberg)
  3. U.S. MCM units join ROK Navy, regional partners for Clear Horizon

    U.S. mine countermeasures units began the first multilateral iteration of exercise Clear Horizon, Oct. 16.

    An MH-53E Sea Dragon helicopter from Helicopter Squadron (HM) 14 approaches ROKS Wonsan (MLS 560) during exercise Clear Horizon. (U.S. Navy/PO2 Jermaine M. Ralliford)
  4. Bonhomme Richard ESG visits Southeast Asia ports

    The three ships of the Expeditionary Strike Group arrived in Singapore, Malaysia and Cambodia for their respective port visits, Oct. 15-16.

    USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) arrives at Changi Naval Base, Oct. 16. (U.S. Navy/PO2 Joshua Fulton)
  5. USS Coronado arrives in Singapore as historic deployment continues

    The littoral combat ship arrived in Singapore Oct. 16 to begin a rotational deployment in the Indo-Asia-Pacific.

    USS Coronado (LCS 4) arrives at Changi Naval Base, Oct. 16. (U.S. Navy/PO2 Joshua Fulton)
  6. Bonhomme Richard ESG, PAC SAG conduct drills in South China Sea

    The Bonhomme Richard Expeditionary Strike Group conducted a second iteration of drills with two guided-missile destroyers from the Pacific Surface Action Group in international waters, Oct. 13-15.

    USS Decatur (DDG 73) sails in formation alongside USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) during interoperability drills in the South China Sea, Oct. 13. (U.S. Navy/PO3 Gerald Dudley Reynolds)
  7. Makin Island Amphibious Ready Group, 11th MEU deploy

    Nearly 4,000 Sailors and Marines from the Makin Island ARG and 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit departed Naval Station San Diego for a scheduled deployment, Oct. 14.

    Sailors and Marines aboard USS Makin Island (LHD 8) man the rails as they depart San Diego, Oct. 14. (U.S. Navy/PO1 Jason J. Perry)
  8. Navy to Commission Destroyer Zumwalt

    The Navy will commission the destroyer Zumwalt (DDG 1000), Saturday, Oct. 15, during a 5 p.m. EDT ceremony in Baltimore.

    In this file photo from April 2016, the guided-missile
      destroyer USS Zumwalt (DDG 1000) transits the Atlantic Ocean during
      acceptance trials. (U.S. Navy)
  9. Bonhomme Richard ESG completes amphibious exercise in Philippines

    The Bonhomme Richard Expeditionary Strike Group and embarked 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit departed Subic Bay Oct. 12 following Philippine Amphibious Landing Exercise (PHIBLEX) 33.

    Marines from the 31st Expeditionary Unit embark the well deck of the amphibious transport dock ship USS Green Bay (LPD 20) in combat rubber raiding craft during PHIBLEX 33.  (U.S. Navy/PO3 Patrick Dionne)
  10. U.S. Pacific Fleet Commander stresses innovation

    Commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet’s “The Bridge” and DoD’s MD5 National Security Technology Accelerator partnered to host an Innovation Summit Afloat aboard USS San Diego (LPD 22) during San Francisco Fleet Week.

    Adm. Scott Swift speaks to Sailors and visitors from fields in technology and innovation during an Innovation Summit Afloat aboard USS San Diego (LPD 22).  (U.S. Navy/PO3 Troy Milburn)

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